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Our Living Room Makeover

I’ve been wanting to redecorate our living room for ages. Since before Christmas in fact. We’ve been buying bits here and there, wall art, paint, cushions. But, as with many other plans, we just never found the time or the money to get the project off the ground. There always seemed to be something else that needed to be done first

It’s been getting to me, the state of our living room. It was getting to a point where I didn’t even enjoy spending time in that room. Dramatic, I know, but I’m dramatic about most things!

Lets rewind a couple of years, back to when we first moved in to the house. The people living in the property before us decided a ghastly dark red was a great colour for the living room walls. I’m afraid I disagreed with their choice of decor. Coupled with an old floral sofa which looked like it was just visiting us from the 80’s, the room didn’t feel very homely at all. This was at a time when we’d just relocated from England to Northern Ireland, and money was tight, so there wasn’t much of a budget for decorating. We managed to get some cheap paint from the car boot sale, in neutral and brown tones, and we did what we could to make the room feel more homely.

The room stayed that way until a couple of years ago, when we decided on a full revamp. The room had obviously been done quickly and on a tight budget, and it just wasn’t to our taste. In autumn of 2014 we decided to change the furniture, get new sofas and completely change the room.

After many hours on pinterest, I decided on a hunting lodge style living room. We painted the walls a chocolate colour, and added in some tartan and a lot of stag related accessories. I loved it, it felt so cosy at the time. I loved closing the curtains at night, turning on the lamps and sitting by the fire.

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In the last six months my opinions about the room changed. What once felt warm and cosy now felt dark and despairing. I started to look at the walls I wonder what the hell I was thinking. Dark brown on the walls, really?! I still don’t know why I thought that was a good idea. As you can probably see from the photo above, it’s just a lot of random shades of brown. Even with the curtains open and the lights on, the room was still very dark. Not the best of environments for a blogger to be taking photos in, I can tell you!

And so, this week we’ve redecorated the whole thing. I’ve always been a sucker for monochrome, but my husband has never really been keen. Over the last few years I’ve managed to let it creep in to different rooms, before finally managing to convince him that we needed it in the living room. Again I turned to pinterest, looking for inspiration. My pinterest board mirrors my ideas, which you can see here.

So like I said, we’ve been picking up bits here and there. We got a couple of black and white cushions from TK Maxx, and some wall art from Very. We were waiting until we could find a rug and some curtains to finish the look, which arrived last week.

On Monday while I was at work, my husband moved all of the furniture to the centre of the room and started to paint over the dreaded brown paint. I wasn’t expecting much progress, so imagine my surprise when I arrived home in the evening to a brand new living room!

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We didn’t have money in the budget to replace the sofa and chair, as much as I would love a new grey sofa! I was worried about how the brown sofa would fit in, but I think it looks great. The cushions make the sofa like a new piece of furniture! Initially I had planned on going for a full black and white look, but I think the addition of the grey rug and curtains works really well. When you throw in the pug cushion and the wall canvases, I’m really impressed with how it turned out.

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It’s not quite finished, I would like some new prints for the wall and I have some photo frames which I’m going to revamp so they fit in with the theme. Do check back in a few weeks when I can give you an update! I love it so far though, it feels like a new house. The whole thing probably cost us less than £200, which I’m really happy about. And hey, now our monochrome cats look like part of the furnishings…

monochrome cat

What do you think of our living room makeover? I’d love your thoughts in the comments!

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47 Comments

  • Reply Natalie June 29, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Oh my gosh it looks so much different – the white walls looks so much better. You have done a great job! I especially love your cloud picture. #homeetc

    • Reply Lauren July 9, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks. The white walls really do make so much of a difference, don’t they?

  • Reply Beth @ Twinderelmo June 29, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    LOVE it. It’s like a completely new room wow! Absolutely loving the pug too. Good choice!

    • Reply Lauren July 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks! The pug is my favourite too, it’s no substitute for a real pug like bt I’m not allowed one 🙁

  • Reply Kim Carberry June 29, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Oh wow! That looks great. It looks so much brighter.
    We had brown walls in our old house and it was great to start with but we soon got sick.
    I love the pug cushion x
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    • Reply Lauren July 9, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      Ha just like me then, I loved my brown walls but it didn’t last long x

  • Reply Molly June 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    It’s funny how our tastes change over time isn’t it – I look back on some of my former decorating choices and cringe! Your room looks much brighter now, I think painting over the brown was a good choice 🙂 I can recommend Desenio (.co.uk) for prints, they have lots of monochrome ones that would fit in this room nicely (I don’t work for them! But I got some prints from them and will be writing about them on my blog soon – I just think they have a great range!) Well done on your room makeover #HomeEtc
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    • Reply Lauren July 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll take a look. I definitely do think getting rid of the brown was the best choice!

  • Reply Suzanne June 29, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I love it, what a difference! A fresh coat of paint can work wonders, and the chevron cushions look fantastic. #HomeEtc
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    • Reply Lauren July 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks, it really does make so much difference to the house.

  • Reply Angela Milnes June 29, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    oh I love the dog cushion lauren! Lovely post! Scrolled down to this on FB and had to take a look!
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  • Reply Donna June 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Oh it looks so lovely! The cat looks happy to 🙂 x
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    • Reply Lauren June 30, 2016 at 1:33 am

      Thanks Donna, I’m a little bit in love with it. I’m sure the cat is quite happy, she’s sitting in my seat!x

  • Reply Newcastle Family Life June 30, 2016 at 7:22 am

    What a make over, love it ! The room looks so much bigger and brighter now . The cat fits right in xx
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  • Reply Lisa@Intotheglade June 30, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    It looks great – I agree the couch does suit the room. It is amazing what a difference a change in wall colour can make and all your new accessories make it look really cosy and stylish. The after pictures make it look so much bigger. I think it is going above and beyond to decorate a room to co-ordinate with the cat though ha! x #HomeEtc

  • Reply RachelSwirl June 30, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    WOW it looks awesome! I love the cushions
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  • Reply Caro | The Twinkle Diaries July 1, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    WOW. What a change!!!! It looks like a totally, completely different room!!! 🙂 I am totally with you when you say that you didn’t want to spend time in the room, cos you’d outgrown it — I don’t think that’s dramatic at all! I’m just the same when it comes to my home 🙂 Thanks for linking up, Caro xx #HomeEtc
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  • Reply Sarah christie July 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    It looks so much fresher I bet you are thrilled with it, and yes the sofa does go well, the cushions just pull it all together. I love white and am working through our home, we are very nearly there but white and kids !! so we do have to do a lot of touching up ha ha x
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  • Reply Yosh July 2, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Very nice!! I like how it looks with white walls! Our living room has dark walls too now and I would love to try to have brighter colours but my husband thinks white walls will feel like a hospital 🙁 but I will convince him one day! 🙂
    Great job on making the room look so nice and fresh!!
    Your cat is super cute, by the way!
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  • Reply Nicky Kentisbeer July 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Wow what a difference. I think the sofa colour works just fine too – I like a bit of colour mixing and you have some great accessories to tie it all in. #Home etc

  • Reply A Cornish Mum July 2, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    What a difference the change in wall colour made for a start, but the new accessories are fab too. Wow it looks lovely!

    Stevie x
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  • Reply Bad Dadu July 2, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Definitely an improvement – can’t go wrong with a bit if monochrome #KCACOLS

  • Reply Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops July 2, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    Oh wow it looks fab! I love the ‘every cloud as a silver lining’ print! #KCACOLS

  • Reply Kim July 3, 2016 at 5:02 am

    The new paint color and the pillows make all the difference! It’s so refreshing to read a room makeover post that is actually relatable to us normal people who don’t have loads of money to throw at redecorating! A few small affordable changes and your space looks so different and so amazing. Love it! #KCACOLS

  • Reply Lucy at occupation: (m)other July 3, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Looks great, I like the monochrome theme but with the grey and the brown to soften it all…it seems like a really lovely balance of stylish comfort. Ha, everyone needs a colour-coordinated pet surely!!? So nice to see what can be achieved on a small budget too. #KCACOLS

  • Reply Rebecca | AAUBlog July 3, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I think it looks great – amazing what a difference some new paint and cushions can do! #KCACOLS
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  • Reply Emma at me and b make tea July 3, 2016 at 10:40 am

    haha love the colour coordinated cats! brilliant. the makeover looks fab and I love that wall art – the cloud one. we move tomorrow- argh! and I cant wait to decorate and re-accessorize all my rooms!! #KCACOLS

    • Reply Lauren July 5, 2016 at 12:02 am

      No room is complete without a colour coordinated cat, I tell you! Hope the move went well x

  • Reply Emma Plus Three July 3, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Looks great! Much brighter than before. We’ve just got a new sofa and redecorated our living room, we’re just waiting for a couple more bits of furniture and then I’ll be doing a blog post all about it 🙂 x #KCACOLS

    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 11:54 pm

      Ooh I’m looking forward to the big reveal on your blog! I love a room tour x

  • Reply Geraldine July 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    It’s amazing what some paint and reorganising does! Looks fab hun! Love that rug #KCACOLS

    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Definitely, it’s made the world of difference! Thanks x

  • Reply Jess Powell (Babi a Fi) July 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I know it’s what everyone always says, but it really does look bigger with the lighter walls! I love your cushion choices too. I’d love to totally redecorate our entire house – luckily for my other half, who hates my design taste, we’re renting so can’t really do much. x #KCACOLS
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    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Haha yes, but I guess people say that because it’s true, the room does definitely look bigger. Oh dear, why does your other half hate your tastes? Mine wasn’t too keen to begin but he’s warming to my interior choices as the years go on. We rent too but luckily our landlord is very laid back and is happy for us to decorate if we wish x

  • Reply Nicole | The Professional Mom Project July 4, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Love the pug pillow! So cute. I also like the grey curtains and how you tied them in with the chevron pillows. #KCACOLS

    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      I think the pug cushion is my favourite too, it’s just the cutest!

  • Reply mummyofboygirltwins July 4, 2016 at 10:23 am

    That wall has made so much difference and the accessories now stand out and look stylish – LOVE this. What a superb space to relax and entertain in! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Jess xx

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    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      It really is amazing what a lick of paint can do!xx

  • Reply Nicky Kentisbeer July 4, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Back again with #KCACOLS!

    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks for popping back!

  • Reply Nicky Kentisbeer July 4, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    PS love your logo! #KCACOLS

    • Reply Lauren July 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      Haha, thanks, that’s very kind to say!

  • Reply Mommy's Little Princesses July 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Lauren it look great! Isn’t it just fantastic how a few new bits and bobs can totally transform a room. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.xx

  • Reply Laura Bovington July 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Your living room makeover looks fantastic, what a transformation. I love all the little accessories and pictures on the wall.

  • Reply Elena July 5, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    What a difference, the room looks bigger and brighter now. It really shows how much paint can change the look of a room
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  • Reply Cheryl @ Tea or Wine July 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Wow! Looks really good, so much lighter and makes the room look bigger. Well done! #KCACOLS
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  • Reply Sarah@teammomlife July 7, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I think it looks great! It’s amazing what paint and accent pillows can do to change a room. It looks much brighter than the first picture. #KCACOLS

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